St. Louis health officials want to add addiction treatment to the region’s health program for low-income people without insurance.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has asked the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to add anti-addiction drugs and services to the Gateway to Better Health program.

Substance abuse treatment is an important service to add to Gateway’s short list of benefits, said Robert Fruend, CEO of the St. Louis Regional Health Commission, which operates and monitors the program.

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